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WEDNESDAY, February 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) – It's a little more magical than the glow of fireflies on a summer night, but new research shows that light pollution threatens firefly populations worldwide gender.
According to firefly experts, other major dangers put some of the more than 2,000 species of fireflies at risk of extinction including habitat loss and pesticides.
There has been a huge increase in light pollution over the past century, and this is not good news for these insects that glow in the dark.
"In addition to disrupting the natural circadian rhythms – including ourselves – light pollution actually messes up the fire mating rituals of the fireflies," explained study co-author Avalon Owens, PhD. Biological candidates at Tufts University in Boston.
Many fireflies rely on bioluminescence to find and attract mates. Previous research has shown that light pollution can interfere with mating.
But habitat loss is the most serious threat to firefly survival in many areas, the study authors noted in a university newsletter.
According to research leader Sara Lewis, professor of biology at Tufts, "A lot of wildlife species are declining because their habitats are shrinking, so it's no surprise that the environment is lost." life is considered the greatest threat.When their habitat disappears because they need special conditions to complete …